Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavs, 6/6/18 Prediction & Preview
The 2018 NBA Finals shifts to Cleveland where the Cavs will host the Golden State Warriors for Game 3 on Wednesday night. Will LeBron and Co. cover the spread?
505 Golden State Warriors at 506 Cleveland Cavs
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Public Betting Information & Odds
According to oddsmakers, the Cavs are 4.5-point home underdogs for tonight’s game. The Warriors opened as 5-point favorites but the line was bet down a half-point. As for the total, it opened at 217.5 points but was bet down to 216.5. As of this writing, 58% of betting tickets wagered at online sports books are on the Cavs to cover the point spread.
Warriors’ Iguodala upgraded to questionable for Game 3
Steve Kerr said that Andre Iguodala (leg) is “doing better” and that Iguodala has been upgraded to questionable for Game 3 vs. Cleveland. Iguodala, who has been sidelined since Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, has been making solid progress of late.
On Monday, Kerr said that Iggy had been “pain-free” over the past few days. The Warriors already have a healthy 2-0 lead on the Cavs, and the addition of Iguodala, a former Finals MVP, to their lineup would give them another stout defender to throw at LeBron James. He’s set to go through a full practice on Tuesday, so things are trending in a positive direction.
Cavs plan to play Rodney Hood in Game 3
Cavs coach Ty Lue said he plans to play Rodney Hood in Game 3 on Wednesday night.
“We’re going to give Rodney [Hood] a chance, see how he does,” said Lue after practice on Tuesday. Jordan Clarkson has been awful of late, averaging just 2.0 points (on 20 percent shooting) and 0.3 assists in 11.5 minutes over Cleveland’s last three games. Hood has struggled this postseason as well, but the Cavs really have nothing to lose by giving him a shot, as Clarkson was a net negative.
The Warriors have covered the spread in seven of their last 10 games versus the Cavs.
The over is 6-2 in the last eight meetings between these two teams.
The Warriors have covered the spread in four of their last five games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game. They are also 4-1 at the betting window in their last five games when their opponent scores 100 points or more in its previous contest.
On the other side, the Cavs are just 2-10 against the spread in their last 12 games when playing on only two days of rest. They’re also 13-39-2 against the number in their last 54 games coming off a loss of more than 10 points.
NBA Finals Prediction: Golden State Warriors -4.5